9 Trivial and True Facts About Trumeau Mirrors

 Following  yesterday’s create post where we mentioned that we’re making Trumeau kits,  I thought it would be fun to highlight some facts about what makes a Trumeau a Trumeau. A little history showing  9 elements of a Trumeau Mirror.

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  A trumeau mirror or pier glass is a wall mirror originally from 18th century France. Like the Hall of Mirrors at Versaille.

 

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It’s pronounced trumeau – [troo-moh) from the french word which means space between windows.

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It is a mirror having a painted or carved panel above or below the glass in the same frame.

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In England, it’s known as a ‘pier glass’. A mirror which is placed on a pier, i.e. a wall between two windows supporting an upper structure.

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Because Trumeaux hung on a wall between windows, they were originally designed to bringing more light to the room, especially at night where mirrors could reflect the candle light.

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The mirror is almost always a long and tall. Remember it was intended to fit the space between the walls and includes a decorative portion at the top, with the mirror below it.

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Most Trumeaux have carving or plaster in the upper center piece. See how the bow is raised. Stay tuned to find out how to do that with Efex.

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Paintings or later decoupage is also common in the upper center piece. Easy to replicate today.

09

Those designed to be placed above a mantelpiece rather than between windows could have candles placed in front of the mirror to increase ambient light.

All photos are from our go-to source for Trumeau inspirations 1st dibs or the internet.  Tomorrow we’re going to look closely at what  historic trumeau have for decoration.

xoxox Lydia

 

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